John A. and Irma L. Benschop International Enrichment Award (for Study Abroad)

The John A. and Irma L. Benschop International Enrichment Award (for Study Abroad) helps defray travel expenses for Honors College members participating in international study programs. Applications are due October 15 for winter break, spring break, and spring programs.

Students who participate in an MSU-sponsored program will be given preference, but those planning to enroll in programs sponsored by other universities may also apply. Applications from students who have never studied or traveled abroad are particularly welcome. Preference may be given to students who do not have other substantial scholarships. The award recipient must be a member, in good standing, of the MSU Honors College.

How to Apply

Please complete the online application form available late summer.       

The application includes:

1. Online application form

2. Prepare a one-page essay which discusses how you expect study abroad will contribute to your undergraduate program at MSU. This essay should be single-spaced and include a brief description of the study abroad program, how previous experiences and coursework have prepared you for study abroad, and how this particular study abroad program contributes to your academic goals as a whole.

3. Budget for the study abroad program from the program website.

4. Please request a letter of recommendation from a faculty member to support this application.

Questions should be directed to